For a long time, the New England Patriots were the team with the oldest roster in the league. With a few changes this offseason, they have turned into a much younger team and will feature quite a different roster going into the 2020 season.
For the first time in twenty seasons, Tom Brady will not be the face of the franchise as well as their starting quarterback. Along with Brady, about a dozen other players have left the team so far, forcing the Patriots to rely on their much younger backups and the given positions. When it comes to the quarterback position, they are expected to move forward with Jarrett Stidham as their starting quarterback. He has been reportedly working a lot harder recently and has been really connecting with N’Keal Harry, another young player who joined the team via the draft last year. When he spoke about playing with the new quarterback, Harry said:
“I talked to Stidham the other day to make sure we read the (passing game) script. If this goes on for a long time and there is no offseason training or OTAs, we’re going to have to meet up and get to work.”
Many seem to think that Stidham will manage well with filling in Tom Brady’s shoes next season. Devin McCourty spoke about him recently and said:
“To me, the best thing for (Jarrett Stidham) was that he had to go against our defense every week. He didn’t have it easy. I love his poise. I would be faking a blitz sometimes and we’d make eye contact and he’d just start smiling and laughing.
“To me, there were weeks where he was just on point. And those were some of our best weeks as a defense, mainly because Stiddy ate us up in practice leading up to the game, and I think put more pressure on us. So I really admire just how hard he works, and then I’ve got to know him off the field as well. He’s a really good guy. Young guy, but very mature. He’s married. I think the Stidhams are going to be in New England for a long time.”
It looks like Stidham is in for a long ride with the Patriots.